Tuesday, November 23, 1999

Doug Doench brought news to radio listeners


He nurtured others' careers

BY REBECCA BILLMAN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Doug Doench, longtime news director and morning radio news anchor on WUBE-FM and WMLX-AM, was known to area radio listeners as Doug Anthony.

        Mr. Doench died Sundayafter being struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk near his Colerain Township home. He was 57.

        “He was the nicest man anyone ever met,” said his wife, Janice Doench. “As much as this family is upset, he would be the first person to forgive.”

        At WUBE-FM in the early 1980s, he helped launch the careers of Edie Magnus and Karla Stanley, before they moved on to WKRC-TV (Channel 12). Ms. Magnus later worked for ABC, CBS and MSNBC news, and Ms. Stanley is news director for WXIX-TV (Channel 19).

        “I wouldn't be where I am today were it not for Doug Anthony,” Ms. Stanley said. “He hired me at a time when no one else would.

        “He had an impact on young broadcasters. He taught us a lot about the business and the basics of journalism and worried about us and how our lives were going. He was a great guy, and I think he touched a lot of people's lives — certainly mine was one,” she said.

        In the late 1980s, Mr. Doench worked on the WCPO-TV (Channel 9) assignment desk. In recent years, he taught broadcasting at the Hughes Center in Clifton.

        He also was involved in a program to read The Cincinnati Enquirer to the blind.

        Mr. Doench grew up in Price Hill and was a graduate of St. Xavier High School and Xavier University.

        Other survivors are his mother, Rose Elizabeth Doench of Covedale; five sons, Louis, Jonathan and William Doench, all of Clifton, Tony Doench of Northside and Andrew Doench of Groesbeck; three daughters, Jessica Doench of Reading, Cordia Doench of Northside, and Kathleen Doench of Groesbeck; three sisters, Rita Southerland of Green Township, Elizabeth Lilley of Morrow and Dolores Schwab of Delhi Township; two brothers, Gregory Doench of Cresskill, N.J., and Joseph Doench of Finneytown; and two grandchildren.

        Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Frederick Funeral Home, 2553 Banning Road, Groesbeck. Mass of Christian burial is 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Ann Church, 2900 W. Galbraith Road, Groesbeck. Burial is at old St. Joseph Cemetery.

        Memorials: Douglas A. Doench Scholarship Fund at St. Xavier High School, 600 North Bend Road, Cincinnati 45224; or the Liver Transplant Research Fund, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, c/o Dr. Douglas Hanto, 231 Bethesda Ave., Cincinnati 45229.

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